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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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Chapter 23

Verse 1
Ruler - With a great man.

Verse 2
Put a knife - Restrain thine appetite, as if a man stood with a knife at thy throat.

Verse 3
Deceitful - They do not yield thee that satisfaction which thou didst expect from them.

Verse 4
Thine own wisdom - From worldly wisdom, which persuades men to use all possible means to get riches.

Verse 5
Set thine eyes - Look upon it with earnestness and desire. Is not - Which has no solid and settled being. Eagle - Swiftly, strongly, and irrecoverably.

Verse 6
Evil eye - Of the envious or covetous man.

Verse 7
So is he - You are not to judge of him by his words, but by the constant temper of his mind.

Verse 8
Vomit up - When thou perceivest his churlish disposition, his meat will be loathsome to thee. Sweet words - Thy pleasant discourse wherewith thou didst design to delight and profit him.

Verse 9
Of a fool - Cast not away good counsels upon incorrigible sinners.

Verse 10
Enter not - To possess their lands.

Verse 11
Redeemer - Heb. their near kinsman, to whom it belongs to avenge their wrongs, and to recover and maintain their rights.

Verse 13
Shall not die - It is a likely way to prevent his destruction.

Verse 16
My reins - I shall rejoice with all my soul.

Verse 18
An end - An expected and happy end for such as fear God.

Verse 19
Guide - Order the whole course of thine affections and actions. In the way - In God's way.

Verse 23
Buy - Purchase it upon any terms, spare no pains or cost. Truth - The true and saving knowledge of God's will. Sell it not - Do not forsake it for any worldly advantage.

Verse 26
Give me - Solomon here speaks in God's name.

Verse 30
Mixt wine - Either mixed with water, or with other ingredients to make it strong and delicious.

Verse 31
Red - Which was the colour of the best wines in that country. Aright - When it sparkles, and seems to smile upon a man.

Verse 34
Lieth down - To sleep. Sea - In a ship in the midst of the sea.

Verse 35
Sick - I was not sensible of it. Again - At present my condition requires sleep to settle myself, and when I am composed, I purpose to return to my former course.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Proverbs 23". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=pr&chapter=023>. 1765.  

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